Micropore tape is a paper tape used to dress wounds and secure medical tubing. It is also commonly recommended to minimize post-surgical scar formation. Micropore tape allows skin to breathe while protecting the area from stenting. Stenting pulls the wound in a way that can cause thick scars to develop. Micropore tape secures the skin and helps prevent pulling. Application of this tape is straightforward.
Clean the area thoroughly with warm water and mild soap. If the scar is fresh, follow your doctor's instructions for wound care. Pat the region dry with a clean towel.
Rip or cut the appropriate section of tape. Avoid touching the sticky side of the tape.
Lay the section of tape across the scar. Cover the area completely with the tape.
Apply pressure to the tape by running your fingertip along the surface or pressing the palm of your hand on top of the tape. Rub the tape into place. According to 3M, laying the tape on the area will not provide enough contact to support a strong hold. Gentle pressure will attach the adhesive to skin surface.
Leave the tape in place for 24 hours and then remove it. Change the tape more often if instructed by your doctor. To remove, grasp one end with your fingertips and gently pull back. Clean the area and apply new tape. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Belt, recommends use of Micropore tape for six weeks.
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Do not use tape to encircle a limb. This may cut off the circulation.Only use Micropore tape after surgery if recommended by your physician.